Unrivaled Casual Elegance
Our goal is to have every guest who visits Bocas Bali feel appreciated, at home, and have one of the best experiences of their lifetime.
Caribbean Sea Private Island Location
Bocas Bali was created to be the western world’s ultimate boutique luxury vacation destination. You no longer need to travel to Bora Bora, Tahiti, or the Maldives to experience an exotic private island vacation with over the water villas on stilts. It is as simple as a three-hour direct flight from Miami to Panama City Panama, a one-hour regional flight to Bocas Del Toro, and a fifteen-minute boat ride to Bocas Bali.
Frangipani Island has nine acres of dry land, over eighty acres of mangrove, and 3.1 miles of shoreline which is perfect for kayaking. Crafted in Bali, Indonesia, our custom overwater villas and 100-year-old Elephant House restaurant were shipped halfway around the world. We selected this resort style because of our adoration for Balinese architecture, interior design, and beautiful wood and stone carvings. Our clubhouse, nicknamed the Colonnade, is the center of activity at Bocas Bali and includes The Coral Café, an enticing 70-foot freshwater pool, gym, and spa.
For many of our guests our food is the highlight of the Bocas Bali experience. Executive Chef Joseph Archbold will surprise you with delightful dishes from around the world with a slight Panamanian twist.
Bocas Town Only 15 Minutes Away
Bocas Bali is the only over water resort in the world that has a lively island town within sight and a short boat ride away. Bocas Town is the hub of activity in a cluster of islands where “cars” are colorful panga boats and “roads” are the waterways between islands. Think of Key West in the 1960s, Bocas Town has over sixty bars and restaurants and more bicycles than cars.
Scott Dinsmore coined the phrase “casual elegance” when operating our sister hotel El Castillo in Costa Rica. Bocas Bali is arguably the most elegant boutique resort in Central and South America; however, it is anything but stuffy. Our resort culture is casual and a feeling of being home in paradise.
We built Bocas Bali’s entire infrastructure with local Panamanian labor. In fact, we employed more than 60 Panamanian workers throughout 2019. Bocas Bali is 100% off the grid. We use solar energy, purified rainwater, and an eco-friendly wastewater treatment system engineered specifically for a mangrove island. We have conducted two environmental studies to ensure we are being kind to the mangrove and caring for its crystal-clear waters. We also constructed and placed our overwater buildings in specific areas to avoid interfering with the coral surrounding our private island.